BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Master limited partnerships, or MLPs, are required to pay hefty quarterly distributions to shareholders in exchange for avoidance of corporate income taxes. That's a boon to investors surrounded by skimpy dividends and bond yields.MLPs are typically involved in the oil and gas business, specifically exploration, storage and transportation. MLPs offer some of the highest yields in the stock market, but their distributions are taxed differently than dividends. Often, the majority of quarterly payouts are tax-deferred, making MLPs even more attractive income investments. MLP investors receive a K-1 form annually, indicating the tax treatment of the previous four payouts.
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